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Wife Of Washington Post Reporter Detained In Iran Breaks Down Outside His Trial

Jason Rezaian, an Iranian-American, has been held in Tehran's notorious Evin Prison for nearly a year now.

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Iranian officials on Monday held the third closed-door hearing in the trial of Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian.

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Rezaian, a duel citizen of the U.S. and Iran, has been held captive for nearly a year, accused of spying for America.

Outside the courthouse, Mary Rezaian, Jason's mother, told reporters that her son wishes he could be covering the Iran nuclear talks, what she called "this wonderful story about what's been happening between Iran and the rest of the world."

"But, unfortunately, he has been in prison for the past year," she continued. As she spoke to the cameras, Yeganeh Salehi, Jason's wife, began to cry behind her.

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"She is not able to speak to the press. So, I'm here speaking for both of them," Rezaian said, reaching behind her to console Salehi. Salehi, a journalist with the UAE–based newspaper The National, was also arrested last year but was released in October.

Monday's hearing, which Rezaian's lawyer is not allowed to discuss in public, was the first movement in Rezaian's trial in nearly a month. Before the first session in May, Rezaian spent months imprisoned with no information on the charges against him.

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"No date has yet been set for these proceedings to resume,” the Post Executive Editor Marty Baron said in a statement. “We call again on Iran to deliver a speedy, fair and impartial judgment in Jason’s case, one that could only result in his acquittal, immediate release, and a long-overdue reunion with his family."

Hayes Brown is a world news editor and reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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